Image Text Workshop Residents

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Cerissa DiValentino

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Cerissa DiValentino is an M.F.A. candidate at Boston University, where she has been named the Helen Deutsch Fellow for the 2023–24 academic year. She is the recipient of the 2022 Vincent Tomaselli Award in Creative Writing for Fiction and was named a semi-finalist for the 2021 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. She has been working on a novel that unearths the violent truths of girlhood and the complexity of mothers who choose to abandon their children. Additionally, she has been working on a short story collection that highlights the amorphous nature of queer vulnerability, wealth disparity amongst lovers, and sexual promiscuity as a vehicle for vital change. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Giving Room Mag—a literary magazine dedicated to prioritizing BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and women creatives. She has also previously interned with Bellevue Literary Press.

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Hazel Eckert

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Hazel Eckert is a multidisciplinary artist and designer from Toronto, ON, based in St. John's NL. She received a B.F.A. in Printmaking from OCAD University (2008) and a diploma in Graphic Design from the College of the North Atlantic (2017). Her work has been presented in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Canada. Eckert is the creator of Nothing New Projects, an independent risograph print and publishing studio with a focus on producing artist-led projects and contemporary print-based works. Her art practice draws on her experiences as a graphic designer, printmaker, and most recently an independent publisher. Working across analog and digital technology, she creates works in print, installation, sculpture, and artist books exploring how the printed page and the digital screen inform one another. Through print-based installations, she uses scale, space, and transparency to highlight the material qualities of the image and their relationship to memory, impermanence, and connection.

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Sara Hammami

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Sara H. Hammami (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and translator. She is always thinking and dreaming of life underwater. Her poems are in Red Pocket Press, DEAR Poetry Journal, and Grist.

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Jordan Hundelt

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Jordan Hundelt is an artist and photographer currently based in Portland, Oregon. She holds a B.F.A. in Photographic and Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. Jordan is interested in how the mode of presentation informs her various personal projects, experimenting with creating for printed book, anonymous zine, a weekly Substack, gallery walls, Instagram, Zoom, etc. Across mediums, Jordan investigates how visual art and the written word can interact to form non-traditional narratives.

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Sunny Leerasanthanah

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Sunny Leerasanthanah (b. Bangkok, Thailand) is a multidisciplinary artist living in New York City. Across photography, video, installation, books, and performance, Sunny explores placemaking, belonging, documentation, imprint, and loss through her lens as a queer Southeast Asian immigrant. She will present her newest body of work about American invasive species control and xenophobic rhetoric in her first institutional solo exhibition, Naturalization, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI) in 2023. Sunny has been an artist in residence at the Center for Book Arts (2023), Fire Island Artist Residency (2022), and Rehearsal Residency (2018). She has exhibited at SculptureCenter, Local Project Art Space, Lubov (Projects), Handwerker Gallery, and the Glasgow Gallery of Photography. Her self-published book Mom's Magnets was featured at the 2020 Bangkok Art Book Fair and is in the collection of Asia Art Archive in America (NY) and Fathom Library (RI). She has spoken about her practice in panel discussions at Candice Madey Gallery, Soho Photo Gallery, Queer | Art (virtual), and Asian American Arts Alliance (virtual).

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Karen Lue

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Karen (she/her) is a Chinese American photographer and curator whose work explores aspects of identity in relation to concepts of grief, loss, and isolation. Through self-portraiture, she works to discover her physical body as it is shaped by race, familial values, sexualization, and her chronic illness, and how these intersecting impressions can affect her body's performance both internally and for an audience. She was an inaugural Visual Arts Coalition for Equity Fellow in 2021 and has exhibited at the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media, and SPACE Gallery, among others. She is the recipient of the Keystone Award Honorable Mention for Fellowship 23 through Silver Eye Center for Photography. Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art & Architecture and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed coursework at the International Center of Photography. She is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Diana McClure

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Diana McClure is a photo-based artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is inspired by expressionism, nature, collective well-being, and the liberation of thought. Diana's writing has been featured in Art Basel, Photograph, Cultured, Afropunk, Art in America, Art21, Pratt Institute's Prattfolio, the School of Visual Arts Journal, exhibition catalogs and artist monographs. Her photographs have appeared in a variety of venues, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Edge Zones Miami, Judy Chicago's Envisioning the Future project, and the collections of The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. She is also a founding co-editor of Lazuli Literary Group and AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought, generators of the word/genre "otherworld realism". Diana received a B.A. in History from Columbia University and a M.A. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research where she was a recipient of the Diamond Fellowship. She has also received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the Abhaya Yoga Foundation. In 2016 she joined the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts as a part-time faculty member.

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Alice Romanov

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Alice Romanov is a Boston-based photographer, book designer, and writer making work about her Russian-Ukrainian background, childhood memories, and passed-down stories. Alice's most recent work revolves around understanding generational wounds through pensive investigations into her mother's and her own memories of Russia and Ukraine. She integrates first-person essays and poems to draw connections to her own experiences, where turmoil and uncertainty exist as well. The presence of photography speaks to memory and is illustrative of how text and images create stories, along with the use of archival images and occasional photograms. Alice has been featured in F-Stop Magazine, Rolling Stone India, Cold Dust Zine, as well as other small zines and publications. Alice has been in multiple group exhibitions at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Panopticon Gallery in Boston.

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Alexandria Valentine

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Alexandria Valentine (they/she) is a multi-genre writer and interdisciplinary artist from Chicago. They received their undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Writing, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Columbia University School of the Arts. Their literary work is concerned with investigating the stories of black, female, narrators of the Jim Crow and Reconstruction era. Their visual practice explores concepts of hybridity and the land as spiritual conduit informing our emotions, histories and futures. They utilize archival images, cultural ephemera, their personal archive and public archives as material in their study of black Americans' complicated relationship with the natural and constructed world. Their visual and literary work intersects in its pursuit to bridge temporal gaps in collective black memory.

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Savannah Whitmer

Workshop Resident Summer 2023

Savannah Whitmer is writing in Brooklyn. Transfixed by all the pleasures of intertextuality, Savannah is also currently considering —with whatever medium is on hand—weird temporalities, embodied language, the implications of the everyday entanglements, and also how poems can maybe be stepped into and out of.

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